ADMIN: Come on, let's be reasonable

Subject: ADMIN: Come on, let's be reasonable
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 07:09:15 -0400


Gang,
You know, there are few ways, in my opinion,
that this resource can be more hopelessly
squandered to no effect at all than quibbling
over grammatical nuance that has nothing to
do with technical communication.

Let's face it, folks, a prescriptive grammarian
will never be convinced by descriptive approaches,
nor will the converse ever happen. It's a waste
of time, no matter which side of the fence
you inhabit.

Further, in the absence of a direct connection
to technical communication, it's irrelevant
on this list. (Don't even start the "if it's
about English usage, it's appropriate" discussion
unless you're willing to defend your implied
premise that technical communication doesn't occur
in other languages for any of the subscribers
representing 70 or so countries on this list.)

Following is yet another rules reminder. Note
specifically:

* If it relates to _language use_ but not technical
communication, it probably isn't appropriate.
Don't post it.
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post it.
* Do not directly attack anyone for anything on the list.
Take issue with ideas, not personalities, and do
NOT point out grammatical, spelling, or usage errors.
This forum is not the place to exercise editorial
frustration.

Eric

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